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English verb: preen

1. preen (contact) clean with one's bill


SamplesThe birds preened.


Synonymsplume


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)arrange, clean, make clean, set up

2. preen (communication) pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement


Synonymscongratulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)crow, gloat, triumph

3. preen (body) dress or groom with elaborate care


SamplesShe likes to dress when going to the opera.


ExamplesThey preen , They preen themselves


Synonymsdress, plume, primp


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up


Verb groupdress, get dressed









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